Mumbai, Maharashtra India (PressExposure) July 09, 2009 -- Monsoon is the time when the rains are pouring, gentle winds are blowing, romance is blooming and your skin, it is just not behaving! During monsoons, we tend to ignore our skin and hair. There is no visible sun, hence sunscreen is not used; due to increased humidity we do not find it necessary to moisturize our skin and protect our hair. And our skin takes its own sweet revenge on us by behaving badly.
Summer is the season for growth - our skin cell turnover increases; this leads to piling up of dead layers of skin by the time monsoon begins. Also, the UV rays that harm the skin are invisible but do penetrate the clouds and harm the skin. Without right skin care, our skin starts looking dull and lifeless in the monsoon. Acidic water adds to our woes and hair tends to get rough and frizzy.
Here are a few tips from Dr Snehal Sriram (MD), Kaya Skin Clinic on taking care of your skin and hair this monsoon: Skincare: - Cleanse your skin daily using a soap free cleanser. Also make use of a gentle scrub (with uniform mild beads) once a day to get rid of dead cells. - Cleansing should be followed by toning using an alcohol free toner, since increased humidity could open up your pores - Use a sunscreen even on a cloudy day since the harmful UV radiations are capable of penetrating the clouds - Use a light lotion based moisturizer or serum with a lightening agent as well as lactic acid â this will gently rehydrate your skin and also brighten it up - Avoid heavy makeup and use waterproof make up when necessary - Remember to nourish your skin - eat salads blanched in boiling water to disinfect them. Vegetable soup, consumed regularly, will also keep you warm and healthy. - Just because it is raining, donât reduce consumption of water. Drink your usual 8-10 glasses of water. Your skin is always thirstier than you are!
Care of Feet: - Effective cleansing of feet is very important as they would be exposed to lot of grime and muck - Do not forget to completely dry your feet so as to prevent fungal infections - Avoid wearing boots as these would hold water for longer duration sogging your feet - Effective cleansing of the inside of your nails using orange stick dipped in hydrogen-peroxide would help prevent nail infections - Home pedicure should be done once a week. It would consist of soaking feet in warm water to which you can add 3-4 drops of Savlon, for 15-20 minutes, followed by cleansing the inside of the nails with orange stick dipped in hydrogen peroxide and scrubbing the feet with foot scrapper. Complete the pedicure by applying light glycerine based moisturizer - When you go for pedicure to a beautician, ensure that the instruments used are sterilized/ cleansed with disinfectants. If possible use your personal instruments. Also instruct your beautician to avoid pushing of the cuticles as toe nail fungal infections are very common in monsoons.
Hair: - Good and effective cleansing using a volumising shampoo, twice or thrice a week is a must as hair tends to go limp in this season - Post-shampoo do use a volumising conditioner, once a week or as required - If you need to blow dry your hair, apply a leave-on conditioner prior to it - Avoid application of styling products, as this could make your hair very greasy due to increased humidity - Do not tie-up wet hair - Oiling once a week would help - Incorporate milk and milk products, nuts, soya products into your diet as they help hair stay healthy
Invest in a good skin treatment at a reputed skin clinic to prepare your skin for the rigors of monsoon. A good skin expert will advise you on what treatments are best suited for your skin.
With these tips you can enjoy the rains and have a safe monsoon. Enjoy beautiful skin along with the rains at Kaya Skin Clinic. Kaya is an expert in skin care and offers treatments and packages for beautiful and glowing skin. Visit http://www.kayaclinic.com to learn about skincare from the Experts.